What We Missed

More on the gender breakdown of election coverage from the 4th Estate.

Here’s a pretty adorable video about kids unlearning stereotypes and learning they can be anything they want.

Mitt Romney’s sister, Jane, assures us her brother’s “not going to be touching abortion.” Too bad she’s not the Republican nominee.

An Israeli religious women’s rights group is suing an Orthodox radio station for barring women from working as broadcasters or appearing as interviewees.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Why the Occupation is a Reproductive Justice Issue

This piece was originally published on the Community site. It was written in collaboration with Gabi Kirk (@GabiElectra).

At this time last summer, we watched as Israeli explosives rained down on Gaza. Surrounded by splintered remains of the dead (over 2,100 by the end), Palestinian women were forced to give birth outside of bombed out maternity wards. In the meantime, Jewish Israeli women counted contractions between sirens.

In war and occupation, there is reproductive oppression. It’s past time to recognize the reproductive oppression of the Israeli military occupation.

As Jewish feminists, we find inspiration in the reproductive justice movement. Developed by women of color in the mid 1990s, the reproductive justice framework represented an important shift ...

This piece was originally published on the Community site. It was written in collaboration with Gabi Kirk (@GabiElectra).

At this time last summer, we watched as Israeli explosives rained down on Gaza. Surrounded by splintered remains ...

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Facebook’s icons get a feminist makeover

Sometimes fighting the patriarchy is about the little things. Like, really little. 

In a post on Medium, Facebook design manager Caitlin Winner describes how she recently updated the site’s Friends and Groups icons so that the woman silhouette is now in front of the man and of equal size.

It’s a miniscule change, of course, but as Winner notes, symbols matter and are worth questioning. Why was it considered so natural, for so long, that the man silhouette be in front of the woman, literally leading?

And the change seems symbolic (speaking of symbols) of the kind of new perspective gained by diversifying your workforce. Just imagine what other default settings — big and small — might get changed if Facebook

Sometimes fighting the patriarchy is about the little things. Like, really little. 

In a post on Medium, Facebook design manager Caitlin Winner describes how she recently updated the site’s Friends and Groups icons so that ...